West Central Illinois Hamfest 2024

West Central Illinois Hamfest 2024

Join the West Central Illinois Hamfest on August 3, 2024, at the Macoupin County Fairgrounds in Carlinville, IL. Sponsored by the Macoupin County ARC, Montgomery County ARC, Okaw Valley ARC, and Sangamon Valley ARC, this ARRL-sanctioned event is a fantastic opportunity for amateur radio enthusiasts to gather, learn, and network.

Event Details:

  • Date: August 3, 2024
  • Location: Macoupin County Fairgrounds, 21368 State Route 4, Carlinville, IL 62626
  • Website: wcilhamfest.com
  • Sponsor: Macoupin County ARC, Montgomery County ARC, Okaw Valley ARC, Sangamon Valley ARC
  • Type: ARRL Hamfest
  • Talk-In Frequency: 444.250 (CTCSS 103.5)


  • Event Hours: 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Forums:
    • 8:00 AM: Thom Beebe W9RY, State of the ARRL
    • 8:50 AM: Dan Hough KD9LON, Portable Operations
    • 9:40 AM: Ron Ochu K0OZ, VHF/UHF Propagation
    • 10:30 AM: Mark Lewis KD9EFO, FT8


  • General Admission: $10
  • Children under 16: Free
  • Tailgating: $10 (admission + $10)
  • Indoor Flea Market: $20 (admission + table; each additional table is $5)

Activities and Features:

  • ARRL VE Exams: Walk-ins welcome. An FRN from the FCC is needed to take the exam.
  • Multiple Door Prizes: Awarded per hour.
  • Grand Prizes:
    • 1st: FTM-500
    • 2nd: $200
    • 3rd: $100
  • On-Site Food: Breakfast and lunch available.
  • OSL Card Checking: Onsite.

Vendor Information:

  • Flea Market/Tables: $20 (includes admission; each additional table is $5)
  • Contact for Tables: John W9KXO at tables@wcllhamfest.com

Contact Information:

  • Public Contact: Jim Pitchford, N9LQF
  • Address: 18303 Blackhawk Drive, Girard, IL 62640
  • Phone: 217-670-5777
  • Email: james@royell.org

Location Directions:

  • Address: Macoupin County Fairgrounds, 21368 IL RTE 4, Carlinville, IL

Join us at the West Central Illinois Hamfest for a day filled with learning, networking, and fun. Whether you're a seasoned amateur radio operator or new to the hobby, there's something for everyone. Mark your calendars for August 3, 2024, and head to Carlinville, IL for this exciting event. See you there!

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